Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Thoughts: Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan
Eight Days on Planet Earth
by Cat Jordan
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062571731
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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How long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to return to pick her up.

Of course she is.

Matty has heard all the impossible UFO stories for all of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. As a kid, he searched the skies with his dad and studied the constellations. But all that is behind him now. Dad’s gone and Matty’s stuck.

But now there is Priya. The self-proclaimed alien girl. She must be crazy or high, right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of Priya, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined.
And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The first thing that drew me to Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan was the science-fiction feel that I got while reading the summary of the book. I love a good book about space, and since it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to read one, I was really looking forward to reading this one. I read and enjoyed Cat’s previous book The Leaving Season last year, so I had really high hopes for this one. The book was not at all what I was expecting, but was an enjoyable read none-the-less!

As I mentioned above, I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a science-fiction type book, but it was actually more of a contemporary novel. (There were parts about space mentioned throughout the story though, and I really enjoyed those.) This was actually a pretty sweet contemporary novel that follows Matty through the loss of his father, who up and left out of the blue one hot summer morning, to his discovery of Priya, a girl claiming she was from outer space, in a field near his house one afternoon. (A field, I should also add, where a space ship crash landed a few decades before.) The book is full of surprises and revelations for both Matty and Priya over the course of the eight days, and it was interesting to follow the story through Matty’s eyes.

Overall; While Eight Days on Planet Earth was not at all the book I was expecting, it was still an interesting book to read, and I’m glad I was able to fit it on my reading list for this month. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Cat in the future!

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